In conversation with the account managers

In this webinar, we’re joined by account management staff from different agencies who talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of account managers, training opportunities and career prospects. The panellists are Ben Church (Account Executive at Oxford PharmaGenesis), Alice Fantom (Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group)and Charlotte Lupton (Scientific Project Leader at Helios Medical Communications). They have all been profiled in the new issue of our annual careers guide, “The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management“, published January 2020 (see FirstMedCommsJob.com). And we answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

Recorded 5 February 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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I work in MedComms…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management (published January 2020)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms as I enjoy being part of an exciting and innovative industry that embraces diversity across both projects and employees. I have worked closely with fantastic teams on various projects ranging from writing scientific posters for congresses to designing the entire congress booth itself. Every project allows you to develop extensive skills in project management whilst nurturing client relationships. I come from a scientific background and I am extremely satisfied working in account management for the MedComms industry. I look forward to working my way up the career ladder!”

Lauren Alexander, Account Coordinator at CMC Connect

“I work in MedComms because I thrive on the fast-paced environment, and with no 2 days the same, you are put on a path of lifelong learning as you adapt and evolve to tackle the complex challenges you face each day. As an account executive for Phase II International, it is a privilege to work alongside such a huge diversity of people with differing skillsets to bring projects across a wide range of therapies to life. I get to do all of this daily, for a range of world-leading pharma clients – it’s incredibly rewarding!”

James Badman, Account Executive at Phase II International

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Six things I would tell myself on my first day after my first 3 months as a medical writer

tilly_shackleyTilly Shackley is an Associate Medical Writer with Real Science and has reflected on her first three months working as a medical writer in MedComms.

It is always challenging to know what to expect when entering into a new career, especially if it is in a niche field, such as medical communications. 3 months ago, I had my first day as an Associate Medical Writer at Real Science Communications, fresh from the labs after completing my MPhil in clinical medical research. Since then, I have been on a very steep learning curve and I have loved every minute of it, despite some challenges. I had a think about what advice I would give to myself on my first day and compiled six points that I wish somebody had told me. Continue reading

I work in HEOR/market access…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing (published June 2019)  we invited people working in HEOR/market access to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in HEOR/market access because I want to help deliver promising therapies to patients. It’s exciting to read in the news that a product my team worked on has reached the market and now helps patients to address their needs.”

Federica Benassi, Consultant at Valid Insight

“I work in HEOR/market access consulting because I enjoy finding creative, novel approaches to communicating the value of new technologies at a global, European and UK level. The work is incredibly varied, ranging from the development of detailed, fully-referenced value dossiers to visually impactful presentations, and bespoke cost-effectiveness and budget impact models. Ultimately, I enjoy contributing to improved healthcare and helping patients gain access to the therapies that they need.”

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Inside the award-winning Allegro Programme

image1This article has been contributed by Deborah Porter, an Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

As someone who has spent their entire working life in the NHS, I thought I was a bit long‑in‑the‑tooth for a change of career. For years I had wanted to take a different path in my scientific journey, but never quite found the courage. Then, at the start of 2019, I decided I was going to be brave and go for it. I knew I wanted to stay in science and that I wanted to write, so it seemed like a good choice to become a medical writer. I began applying for Associate Medical Writer positions, and was lucky enough to catch the attention of the Allegro team at Ashfield Healthcare Communications. Continue reading

From grad school to en rules: Five things I’ve enjoyed about moving out of the lab and into MedComms

Alex BinksThis article has been contributed by Alex Binks, an Associate Medical Writer at Publicis Resolute.

After spending more than three years doing cancer research in a lab for my PhD, I knew that it was time for a career change. Although I loved the people, my research, and the ability to put “Dr” on every online form I could get my hands on, I felt myself gravitating more and more towards opportunities to explain science to wider audiences. As a result, I made the switch to MedComms and started work as an Associate Medical Writer at Publicis Resolute. Here are a few of my favourite things about the move from lab life to working in a MedComms agency. Continue reading

My first medcomms job

Emma PerryEmma Perry, a Senior Account Executive at Publicis Resolute, has written an acrostic, spelling out her enthusiasm for medical communications…

Many people ask me how I started working in medical communications, and the answer is quite straightforward.

Essentially, I really enjoyed the fast-paced environment and day-to-day variety in my previous PR agency, but I missed the science! Continue reading

In conversation with the medical writers

In this webinar, we’re joined by medical writers from four different agencies who talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of medical writers, training opportunities and career prospects. The four writers are Simran Grewal (Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications), Joe Pickering(Medical Writer at Mudskipper), Linda Townsend (Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications) and Tim van Hartevelt (Associate Medical Writer at Oxford PharmaGenesis). And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

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